Whenever someone mentions an observation hive, I remember a small and narrow glass box that I once saw in a New Jersey museum. The bees came and went through a small tube and the comb was all crushed against the glass and not all that interesting. But last week when beekeeper Carl Uhlman of Seattle sent me these pictures, I was amazed. He and his wife happened across this colossal observation hive while on vacation to an island off the northwest coast of the Netherlands. Check out his story and photos below. Thanks, Carl! Very cool.
While on a magical 13-day bike and barge vacation in the Netherlands, my wife and I stumbled across a beekeeping museum on the island of Terschelling, in or near the village of Lies. We have had a backyard hive for over ten years so of course we were curious enough to stop and check it out. Inside the museum we found the largest observation hive I have ever seen!
For more information on how we came to be on this remote island in The Netherlands go to the bikeandbarge.com website and look up the Friesland tour.